In the belly of a volcano. CAPULIN NM. Something like 20,000 acres of malpais. You can walk all around the rim and into the crater. There are a number of others in the vicinity as well. Very cool!

4/30/11

Better Than Yesterday

It had to have snowed 10" anyway. Friday was a lost day. It was 27* this morning and 45 now and might go a bit higher. It's actually pretty nice out and the sun was not expected. I just took these not too long ago.

This is a creek called Fish. What this is going to look like in a short time is going to amaze you.

This is maybe 3miles away at the most from where I live. Last year there were at least a thousand Sandhill cranes here in the same field for just one day but far away. You see them a lot but not anywhere in the numbers like in Nebraska. 


This is one spot where record numbers were set and I have to continue to remind. It's all still up there.


What happens when you get too much snow on a roof and don't get it off.

4/29/11

Just A Little One

Many await what is coming (historic flooding most likely) but until the water starts to rise when it does warm up if ever it's still possible to fish and we did yesterday. Still experimenting and practicing with this camera and I see that there has to be another way these MP4's are converted as the quality of this video loaded directly to You Tube is better than the conversion uploads I've done.


The hound agrees it was a little one too and he's at the top of the page today because he just makes an excellent subject. It's raining and windy. The next several days will be crappy. April has been a lost month.

4/27/11

Come On Down

You may very well have seen these but I have not and find this to be dramatic at the very least. The talking sacks of wind contribute nothing as expected and the one thing that's interesting is that towards the end is a phone interview and I do not rule out the possibility at all.

If ever we needed something from the real not imaginary sky beings it's now! Come on down and give teh stupids a real dose of reality. You betcha!



4/26/11

Flooding Is Going To Happen

The only question left at this point is how bad will it be. 

This picture was taken a short time ago. The forecast is not good meaning low temps and very little sun if any for at least through the rest of the week.

This today from the fish wrapper here.


Of course this doesn't bother the hound. He's laying around just like usual with no cares in the world.

4/25/11

What It Would Be Like

This weekend went for a long overdue visit to see a very good long time bud and his family. He works for a water district and his/their job is water quality.

This district is one of the very first that returns waste water that reaches the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River which is very close. There are amounts of bad stuff allowed by law that water districts all over this country are allowed to put back in.

This district takes a very different position on this and puts absolutely nothing back in. The water is purer or just as pure as when it started out before going down the drain or sewer.

Their philosophy is that they want to be the example of that if all along the line who discharge back into the river (there are many) put these numbers back that are allowed that way down towards the end of the line there would be issues because of the shear accumulation of numbers. The EPA determines most of these numbers.

Can you imagine what it would be like if government did not take part in this process and there was no oversight by government like repuglicans want.

It's crazy that this position is given even a moment of possible credibility but yet that's how stupid we are as a nation.

Carlin Explains

Why we're so screwed. And he's correct just like many of us have been screaming.

4/21/11

Butler Wash Ruins

This is a ruin seen some time ago and wanted to get close to it by coming up the drainage. Did that last week and this turned out to be one of the easiest climbs of several I did last week around Cedar Mesa in Utah.

The easy came after I quit thinking about the best way to get there as it was hard till then.

4/20/11

For All The Bitching And Moaning

It wasn't supposed to be but it's real nice out and my temp shows 57*. Besides that I have flowers blooming and there will be more soon. Please let the sun shine some more but alas it's not to be the next several days. At least that's the word on the street.

And here's Hahns lounging around today just because he's a good pooch.

Guvmint For Us And Anyone Else

These people who work in our National Parks,BLM offices,Monuments etc. are the best - - period! Courteous,knowledgeable and helpful plus much more.


Funds from the recent stimulus package are resurfacing roads inside and outside of parks in Arizona.

That and work inside these wonderful amazing places where all are welcome no matter where you are from providing amenities for many who may need them.


So they can at least be able to see some of the things that belong to each and every one of us. Like this for instance.

These parks and these lands in the West are owned by we the people. We must never let the rich and or the powerful gain any more control over what is ours.

4/19/11

What's This Mean

Back in the early 90's when these pictures of pictures were taken Phil and I were camping in Hovenweep and hiking the four mile trail to the Holly Group as it's called. I had been disenchanted for a period and asked my friend to explain what "The Contract with America " was all about. He did and I felt it had been just fine that there had been little attention paid to it by my part.

Now almost 20 years later this same player who should not be given the time of day is Still around.

What's this all mean outside of the fact we're so screwed??

ABSOLUTELY  NOTHING



4/18/11

One Thing Known For Sure

After being away for well over a week I say in jest at times that there is a readjustment that needs to happen but the truth is that it's true and particularly this time.

After spending a few days where another culture lived for centuries walking where they walked seeing the same things they did and visiting what were their homes you cannot come away without feeling humbled about the whole thing.

During the last week there has been no politics or news of any kind heard or seen except for just a bit of local stuff yesterday. I mean nothing and I kinda like that and we're going to keep it like that for awhile anyway.

This blog over the several years of posting has gone through several changes and this may be another. I'm tired of the bullshit, lies and nonsense coming everyday with even more outrageous idiots being given credibility where there is none.

I could go on and on and will not. So when you don't see me come around it's nothing personal and I very much respect those I link to and what they have have to say. This is the time of year that I need to focus on what's at hand anyway with my job and the need to prepare to move in the fall. I have a couple ideas of a post or two and just have to see where this goes if anywhere. Right now I prefer to be unaware for awhile except for - - -

The one thing for sure is and if you have ever trampled around in the bowels of nowhere where many passed before you understand once more that in the big scheme of things we are all nothing but piss ants in time and I'm okay with that.

I want to go back to the desert now. The sun will not be seen all week here. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

4/10/11

Windy As Hell

That it has been. Can't get the picture I want to upload. Just took this one a moment ago abd it's 38 out and a 25mph wind or more. Last week this county won the award for the unhealthiest in Colorado. Today it wins this. Bad numbers for the poor counties. Later gotta get a bunch done starting now.

Huerfano County, which includes Walsenburg, has an average annual income just over half the statewide average and an unemployment rate that crept over 10 percent last year. It also is home to the state's highest rate of births to girls ages 15 through 17. And 54 percent of babies born in Huerfano County were to unmarried women.


4/8/11

Outta Here

Leaving snow country and headed to the ranch to spend a few days working on the place I will be living later this year. Then plan on camping and visiting ruins in places not seen before in the Four Corners area.

Posting will be sporadic at best for over a week but I will try to get a few pictures up if I can. I hope to find spring a couple hundred miles south and that means green and flowers and being able to wear shorts and getting rid of the jacket that has embedded it's self onto my back.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your spring.

OF

4/7/11

There Are Cards On The Table

And those cards mean boots on the ground in Libya according to a chester named Ham. bama said no and Gates as well but not this guy. You can damn well bet this has been a topic of conversation for some time. Who the hell is in charge and why is this asshole opening his pie hole. It's because preliminary groundwork is being layed for that possibility and now that it's out in the open once again the odds just became much better.

We love our wars but we do not care squat about the people who make this country go round. They don't need much so we'll take away from them to make bullets. You betcha.

Bastards!

The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.

Another Soldier Takes His Life Including His Wife And Son

This is so sad and it's not going to end because our wars will not end as those who love blood and death decide that we and our opinions do not count. This man was a medic and we can only imagine what experiences he had. It can be said that those experiences were more than just horrific. They make ordinary people kill their families but see that's okay because we're at war ya see. You war mongering bastards on the left and right together!


4/6/11

His Whoreness

Do not be deceived here about this piece of human shit by the name of Glenn Beck whose program on Fox Whore News will be ending later this year. Until he leaves he is still there.

Fox has not changed or any other news outlet big or small that sells the teabagger line of pure fresh corn fed bull shit delivered 24/7 to every corner of this country and beyond.

This slug is going nowhere. Stupid, racist, mind fucked,religion raped,gun loving repugs will demand more of the same. He and or someone else will be back and it will be worse than before. Watch it happen.

Nutter Who Thinks He Believes Yumping For Jeebus

When he crashes and breaks his spine or what have you that will be part of the plan too I suppose even though you chose to do it yourself. Another part of Master's week in Augusta I suppose.

Just to let the out of towners know how the game is played outside the gates of Augusta National.

LINK

The Fight Continues

Make no mistake the confederacy is alive and well and once in awhile they let you know it. They are very proud of this man and his brother who never gave up their guns to the northerners.

The inscription on the statue and this come from the Augusta Chronicle who are doing a series on confederate hero's this week probably because the Masters is being played this week. Need to let the outsiders know who's in charge here yet.

4/5/11

2nd Grade Monster Gets Ass Pepper Sprayed

I understand how special this kid must be and this seems a bit extreme. However maybe in the future this little shit will think twice before behaving like this again. What if he had brought a gun from his parents house who taught him the values he showed with these actions.

Ah The Masters For Poor People

Not just everyone can get into this special event for what was for decades something for rich white men only. Word on the street is this black man needed money for admission and did not like the baptism talk from two insane mormon women trying to convert him. So he stole their purses and the crazy's should feel lucky he didn't kill them. I hope he gets a good seat.

4/4/11

On Health Insurance

Last fall there were some unusual pain coming from the hip area. Wanted to know and went to a hip bone specialist and requested an x-ray which I got. I'm good to go till the end which was important to know. The doc was a cornfield boy and we had much in common and shared a bunch of yucks. That cost me $20.

Not long ago got a piece of steel in my eye and the ladies in Salida took care of that for me pronto. That was another $20 and $10 for some eye drops.

A week ago about right at this time had a colonoscopy. I'm good to go for 10 years. A 1400 smack deal and it cost me $50 for the prescription.

I was treated so nice each time. Those are the times in the last 10-15 years I have used my health insurance excluding dental and I need to get a minor thing done before I'm done in October.

I will probably this summer get a minor physical and some blood work done to see if there is anything that can be found now that will kill me in the next three years. If there is I'll keep working because if not I'm done.

What's this mean. Well that I'm pretty healthy and lucky too. How lucky I'll be for three years without  insurance remains to be seen.

Fly is just a peckerhead and a pissant in time like we all are but at the very least the most powerful and at one time the richest country country in the world could at the very minimum provide screening to all residents of this country to find and prevent diseases from killing when there is no need to die.

It's not hard to do that but war is more profitable so there ya go ya see.

One last thing is in 2014 when we get charged from the government for insurance I damn well better get something for it because there's little money there for nothing.

UPDATE
I just remembered maybe three years ago had a biopsy done to check for skin cancer. There was none. This is something that kills very easily. Not much at all if detected early.

Rebel Cry To Arms From The Left

Let's understand those in DC elected to congress with a D behind their name are not that. They are hardly much different than those who wear the R. Here's Bill.


What a fine acknowledgment on another anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. You war mongering sonsofbitches and that includes the most recent peace prize winner as well!

4/2/11

Silence In Chernobyl

Some time ago a friend sent me a link to Chernobyl Revisited. A Russian women who rides a motorcycle travels to and posts pictures and her thoughts from what she sees around and near the Chernobyl disaster. It is very revealing and put up an example below because more than once she comments on how totally spooky silent it is everywhere. This is worth perusing a bit and I guess this is what will be coming to parts of Japan sooner than later.



This town might be an attractive place for tourists. Some tourists companies have been trying to arrange tours in this town, but the first group of tourists found the silence unnerving and downright SPOOKY. And it is. They charged 1200 hryvnas for a 2 hour excursion and after some 15 minutes, they wanted to flee to the outside world. The silence here is deafening.

Cletis's Pledge To The Baggers


The Cletis Stump Pledge
    
     "I hereby pledge to inform others, even those I find difficult, regarding the duplicity and chicanery of the modern Republican party. I will provide examples supported by facts and easily referenced sources. I will do this through personal contact, letters to the editor of my local paper, distribution of informative flyers door to door, and any other method which fits my life's circumstance. I will do this in an on-going manner and will not allow gross ignorance nor pervasive apathy, which I will surely encounter, to dissuade me."
    
     The following list was borrowed from Rich Miles who posted it on his blog Logical Negativism. Rich received it as an e-mail from his friend, Trebonska. Rich is a unique thinker and we recommend you visit his place and prowl around a bit. There is a link at the bottom of the post. 

Teabaggers' Mistakes


Questions for the "Tea Party": What took you so long to get angry?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Dick Cheney allowed energy company officials to dictate energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed for political reasons.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we invaded a country that posed no threat to us and spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks..

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creation in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No . . . You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

We encourage each of our readers to add to this list and share it with others. We also wish to again thank Rich Miles for use of the list. Click the link and prowl around at Rich's place. There's a lot to enjoy.  http://logicalnegativism.blogspot.com/

4/1/11

Then And Now 40 Years Ago

Looking around for the post below this one came across a quote from a icon of the world who was instrumental in ending the Vietnam War and paid a huge price for the stance he took. We need dozens like him now but this is about something else and reading his quote from four decades ago it appears not all that much has changed.


His short quips were some of the most powerful ever said by anyone.

Gil Clancy

There was a period where boxing was a must watch for a long time and then the corporations and huge money came into the picture and whored this sport out as never before and it was then my relationship with that sport three decades ago ended.

There was one man who didn't go along with that and remained true to the sport and that was Gil Clancy. I always respected him and his opinions and want to acknowledge him and the fact he has passed away.

Gil Clancy, a Hall of Fame trainer and manager who worked with many top fighters including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, died on Thursday at age 88.

Hardly Anyone Knows Or Cares

The number is in for last month and it's not a good one. It's never a good one when it represents deaths of people who have died for nothing but the whims of corporate whore politicians that love war and death just as long as it's not them or theirs. That's right we're supposed to be leaving soon and then all will be just fine ya see.

Coalition Military Fatalities By Year and Month

CoalitionU.S.
YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
200100000000035412
20021012951301151149
2003471221324246148
200492338523457152
2005216184272151173399
20061177111189106107198
20070145811121418810116117
2008718517282022271613155
200915151361225455140591818317
2010303126203460655542505333499
201125202900000000074